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Additional funding provides support for learning equity

Catapult Canada
February 17, 2022

The Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF) is delighted to award an additional $1.9 million in project funding through its Catapult Canada program to eight community-based organizations working to improve learning and skills development outcomes for Canadian youth. The additional awards are made possible by funding from the Government of Canada’s Goal Getters program.

In July 2021, the RHF announced the recipients of Catapult Canada’s first open call for funding. Twelve community-based organizations received $2.4 million to support their innovative approaches to improve learning outcomes for Canadian youth, including the over 11% (more than 1 million youth) not in education, employment or training (NEET).

“Catapult Canada’s Access Innovation Fund’s first open call for funding received over 140 submissions from a wide range of youth-serving organizations from every corner of the country, and there were many excellent projects that at the time that didn’t receive a portion of the funding,” said Ikem Opara, Director of National Learning Partnerships at the RHF. “Catapult Canada is thrilled to be able to support an additional eight organizations and support these initiatives which will create more opportunities for young people to achieve their own learning and career goals.”

The RHF is grateful to the Government of Canada’s Goal Getters program for this additional funding. It stands to have considerable impacts across the country, helping more young people access learning opportunities in their communities.

The Access Innovation Fund is one of the key components of a wider initiative called Catapult Canada.  Powered by the RHF, Catapult Canada aims to increase equity of access to learning opportunities for youth. Catapult Canada’s online platform provides a single destination to share and amplify resources among a community of organizations serving youth across the country, and eventually support a mentorship program. All with the goal of eliminating barriers for youth to achieve their ambitions and reach their full potential. Visit to learn more.

Catapult Canada’s Access Innovation Fund Recipients

Boys and Girls Club of Lethbridge and District

Centre Communautaire Bon Courage

Ever Active Schools

Obsidian Theatre

Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre

Students Commission of Canada

Take A Hike Foundation


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